How can I undo the damage from a DIY furniture refinishing project?

I tried to hide minor scratches on my dinning room formal table, with a do it yourself project. i lightly sanded the table top to repaint it the same color. I was told to use rust-oleum high performance protective enamel, oil based. Afterwards I let it dry for 48 hours. Now I have a hot mess. The table has splotches of uneven color, everything you sat on it leaves it traces and the finish is dull. I have pictures as a reminder and a "told you so," husband. Professional help is not an option.
Submitted by shebre1

I'm afraid you'll have to start over, which means stripping the finish down to the bare wood and sanding the surface smooth. There are many refinishing options depending on whether you want to repaint or stain and seal. For the best advice on product and technique, visit a paint store and talk to the owner. You won't be able to achieve a professional finish at home, but it should be possible to achieve an even color and glossy finish if that is your desire.


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